Council Approves Memorandum of Understanding for Skate Park

During tonight’s Charleston City Council meeting, Council voted to authorize the Mayor or City Manager to enter into an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways to utilize a portion of the land beneath I-64, between Kanawha Boulevard and Virginia Street, as a skate park.


"We tell our kids how important it is to go outside and play. This skate park will promote safe physical and mental health while being a great place to socialize and have fun," said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. "Young people have a variety of interests these days. This provides new opportunities while being a safe place for experienced skaters."


The Mayor’s Office has worked with local skaters to gain their perspective and ideas on the future skate part. Several ramp companies were consulted on equipment and the Tony Hawk Foundation helped give perspective on the project.


The skate park will be open to the public and no fee for entry will be charged to users. Portions of the land will also be used for parking and pedestrian access. The City anticipates putting out a request for proposal for this project in the near future.